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Happy Easter, everyone! C’mon in and take a peep peek at our April blog hop…

Silly me forgot to snap a photo of the Easter card I sent out to my family this year, so I’ve chosen to show you another card that I did for a fellow co-worker who recently retired. She was moving out of state and taking very little with her, so a bouquet of roses simply wouldn’t have been practical as a gift.  The Petal Passion Suite came to my rescue and I made her a card with roses that would last forever! 

 

I stamped the roses from Petal Palette stamp set and colored them with Stampin’ Blends markers and die-cut them with the Petals & More Thinlits dies. The sweet little bird is from the same stamp set and also has a coordinating die to cut him out with.  With so many images in this stamp set, it wasn’t difficult to find a greeting and additional flowers to complete the front panel.  The Basic Black card base was layered with two of the lovely patterns found in the Petal Passion designer series paper pack.  A little Whisper White 1/4″ Organza ribbon and a few rhinestones were all the accents needed to complete this card.  With 15 images in the stamp set, 10 dies in the coordinating die set, and the gorgeous papers, ribbon and embossing folders, this suite is by far one of my most favorite in the Occasions catalog!

If only spring would arrive in my neck of the woods.  As I write, it is a brisk 23 degrees out which feels like 14 with the wind chill.  Yes, it’s April and we are still talking about wind chill factors!  I’m heading back to my studio to stamp some more birds and flowers and dream of spring.  I hope you’ll head over to Kathya’s blog and see what she’s stamped for you today.  

Barb's Signature

 

 

 

 

P.S.  If you get lost – here are this month’s hoppers:

Di         http://www.stampingwithdi.com
Barb    https://www.beelinestamping.com
Kathya http://www.stampwithkathya.com
Connie http://www.texasschoolmarm.com
Ellie     http://www.elstamper.blogspot.com
Mary   http://www.doggandponyshow.blogspot.com
Trisha  http://www.creativelystamping.blog

Valentine’s Day Blog Hop

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and this month we’ve chosen to show off some of the projects we’ve been creating for our loved ones. I am over the moon about the Painted with Love Specialty DSP pack, and wanted to make a card that showed off as much of this beautiful paper as I could.  The pack is full of designs that have an abstract brush stroke look with gold foil accents.  It’s bold, flashy and sweet all at the same time – I just love it!!

My project begins with a tent-fold card base made from Whisper White Thick card stock which is layered with a 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ piece of Powder Pink card stock.  I used the Sweet & Sassy Framelits to cut a heart from the Powder Pink layer, and then backed it with a bit of  the bold brush stroke patterned DSP.  The two smaller hearts were also cut from the Sweet & Sassy set, one from Gold Glimmer Paper, and one from another Painted With Love paper.  The smallest heart was heat embossed in gold with the tiny leaf pattern from Heart Happiness.  The “love” was die cut from Gold Foil paper using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  The striped pattern at the bottom is also from Painted With Love.  A few sequins from my stash were used as accents.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project – all the products I used are listed below and can be found in my online store by clicking on the images.  It’s time to send you off to see what Kathya has to show you.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

 

 

 

 

Our hoppers this month are:

Di          http://www.stampingwithdi.com
Barb     https://www.beelinestamping.com
Kathya http://www.stampwithkathya.com
Connie http://www.texasschoolmarm.com
Mary    http://www.doggandponyshow.blogspot.com
Trisha  https://www.creativelystamping.blog

 

 

2018 New Year, New Catalogs Blog Hop

Happy New Year!  Today we are featuring projects from Stampin Up’s new 2018 Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs that go live in just two days!  I don’t know how they do it, but Stampin’ Up! always manages to wow me with each new catalog they release, and this one is no exception.  The very first suite of products that caught my eye was Sweet Soiree beginning on page 12 of the 2018 Occasions catalog.  I love to make birthday cards, and I especially love florals, so of course, these coordinating products really tickled my fancy!

Power Pink birthday card featuring Stampin' Up! Sweet Soiree product suite

Here I’ve paired Powder Pink cardstock with a strip of DSP from the Sweet Soiree pack.  It’s accented with some Silver washi tape from the Sweet Soiree Embellishment pack.  The gift was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed in silver.  I used reinkers and an Aqua Painter brush to color in the florals with Berry Burst, Calypso Coral and Old Olive ink.  That was fussy cut and layered with some Silver Metallic Thread.  I did a wash of Rich Razzleberry right on the card base and popped up the gift with dimensionals.  The ‘For You’ greeting was heat embossed with Silver powder and die cut with the oval from the Coffee Cups Framelits set.  A few scattered rhinestones finished off the piece.

Start getting your wish list together – these catalogs and Stampin’ Up’s best sale of the year launch on January 3rd!  With every $50 in merchandise ordered, you earn your choice of free products from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  This year, there are two $100 level choices as well!  Cute stuff – if you haven’t gotten your catalogs yet, let me know and I’ll be happy to get a set out to you.

Off you go now to see what Kathya has to show you!  Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop.  In case you get off track, the hop stops are shown below.

 

Di         http://www.stampingwithdi.com
Barb    https://www.beelinestamping.com (you are here)
Kathya http://www.stampwithkathya.com
Ellie     http://www.elstamper.blogspot.com
Mary   http://www.doggandponyshow.blogspot.com
Melissa http://www.stampinupwithmelissa.blogspot.com
Connie http://www.texasschoolmarm.com
Trisha  http://www.creativelystamping.blog/

 

 

 

 

Christmas and New Year’s Blog Hop

Welcome to another Di’s Country INKers blog hop in which we are featuring Christmas and New Year’s projects.  If you’ve hopped over from Di’s post, welcome!  We’ve got lots of stops for you this month…

My project today was completely inspired by fellow demonstrator Kathryn Simpson from the UK.  I was so bowled over by it that I had to re-create it for myself!  Have a peek…

This Christmas Village was made with the Stampin’ Up! Hometown Greetings Edgelits Die set and Whisper White cardstock.  The background was heat embossed with the santa & reindeers, stars, and the crescent moon stamp from the Hearts Come Home stamp set, then sponged over with Marina Mist and Night of Navy ink.  Each row in the village was done by making an initial die cut, then sliding the die left or right as needed and making a second die cut to complete that row.  LED fairy lights are adhered with glue dots beneath the houses to illuminate them.  Foam adhesive strips were used to adhere the layers and create spacing between the rows.  The final touch was lots of Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  (Yes, I sparkled for days!)  The scene was then mounted inside a shadow box I found at my local craft store.  

Everyone I’ve showed this to had the same reaction as I did – Wow!!  In fact, I’ve gotten a few orders for them already – can you guess what I’ll be working on this weekend?

Thank you so much for stopping by today – I hope you enjoy the rest of the projects on today’s hop. If you get lost, the list of hoppers below will get you back on track.  Now, off you go to see what my dear friend Ellie has to show you today!

 

 

 

 

Stops on today’s hop are:

 

Di         http://www.stampingwithdi.com
Barb    https://www.beelinestamping.com
Ellie     http://www.elstamper.blogspot.com
Mary   http://www.doggandponyshow.blogspot.com
Kathya http://www.stampwithkathya.com
Nita     http://www.reddoorpapercrafters.blogspot.com
Trisha  http://www.creativelystamping.blog

 

Thankful Blog Hop

Turkey Day is nearly upon us and it is only appropriate that this month our Blog Hop features projects that reflect Thanks, Thankful, or Thanksgiving. If you’ve arrived from Di’s Blog, welcome! We have a few stops on our hop, and I hope you enjoy each project.

I’ve had the Painted Harvest stamp set for a couple months now, and I’m still asking myself why I haven’t played with it before now! The color combinations, some close to nature, and some with artistic license, are endless. This is a fun one, folks! And because it’s designed to give a water colored look, there really is no right or wrong way to line it up – so easy!!

Usually when I’m designing a card, I have a general idea of where I’m going with it. Not the case today. I grabbed a sheet of Very Vanilla cardstock and just started stamping different color combinations until I landed on this one. The bottom flower layer is stamped in Crushed Curry, the smaller petals were stamped in Pumpkin Pie (appropriate for a Thanksgiving card, eh?) The center is Crumb Cake. This flower panel was mounted on Gold foil paper and accented with a Linen Thread bow. The greeting was stamped in Crumb Cake on Crushed Curry cardstock and also layered on Gold Foil. A card base of Crushed Curry, Gold Foil and Old Olive cardstock that was embossed with the Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder.

Thanks for stopping by today, now off you go to see what Nita has to show you!

The stops on today’s hop are:

Di 
Barb  (you are here)
Nita 
Mary

 

It’s a Fall and Halloween Blog Hop

Hello, and thanks for hopping over from Di’s blog.  Did you love her project?  This month our blog hop is focusing on Halloween or Fall.  

I love dogs and most animals, but I consider myself a cat person.  At one point, we had four fur people living with us.  And as any self-respecting cat parent knows, the fur people run the household!   The smartest of the four was a black and white tuxedo kitty who firmly claimed my daughter as his person.  When I look at the black cats in the Spooky Night designer series paper, I am reminded of Pepper, and how much I miss him.  So naturally, my project had to feature that black kitty prominently! 

There are a couple pretty cool features built into this DSP pack.  First, see the tree and moon on the orange field behind my kitty?  There are two sheets included in this pack that repeat this pattern 16 times so all you have to do is cut it in 3 x 3 squares and you have a background all done for you that would be perfect to decorate treat bags for your kids classmates, or your favorite trick-or-treaters!  The other feature, and the one I think is the very coolest, is that the two sheets with the cats on them exactly match the Cat Punch!  The witch’s hat that my kitty is wearing was cut from yet another sheet of the paper pack, then it was accented with the Black Rhinestone Jewels featured in the Spooky Night product suite.  The greeting was stamped in Basic Black and can be found in the Spooky Cat stamp set.  Vintage Crochet Trim was used on the bow above the greeting.

I want to take a minute to fill you in on several promotions that are happening this month.  First, to celebrate World Cardmaking Day, from October 1 – 10, take 15% off Notecards/Envelope packs as well as select stamp sets.  And when you buy a Fast Fuse Adhesive, you get two refills free! 

The second promotion, back by popular demand, is the Buy Three, Get One Free sale on select Designer Series Paper Packs.

The third goodie is the Merry Patterns Host Promotion.  When you host a party that reaches $300 or more before tax and shipping, you earn the Merry Patterns Stamp Set for free!  That’s in addition to your regular Hostess benefits.  

Finally, for the first time ever, the October and November My Paper Pumpkin kits will be filled with two straight months of perfectly coordinated Christmas cardmaking and gifting projects!  To make sure you get in on this, your October subscription must be entered by 11:50 pm (MT) on Oct 10 and 11:50 pm (MT) on Nov 10 for the November Kit.  When you subscribe, please make sure to select me, Barb Stencel, as your demonstrator.

Phwew!  Lots of news to digest today, eh?  Guess I’d better send you off to see what Ellie has in store for you; I’m thinking you’ll love it!  Thanks for stopping by.  If you find yourself off track, our hoppers are linked below.

 

Di

Barb  (You are here)

Ellie  

Mary 

 

 

 

 

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